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"RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Without it, Nadia Comaneci is just another gold-medal winning gymnast from Eastern Europe. The Perfect 10 made the Romanian superstar more than a champion. It made her a legend. Yet four decades after her barrier-shattering uneven bars routine in Montreal — the one that ended with Comaneci and coach Bela", nbc4i.com
"In August 2012, I wrote a lamentation about the seeming lack of lyricism, fluidity and artistry on display during the Olympics' women's gymnastics routines.'Raw, explosive power? Yes. Bare-knuckled competition? Of course. Unparalleled muscular athleticism? Beyond a doubt. ... [But] the pervasive get-'er-done-quick flicking movements robbed balance beam, floor and rhythmic performances of balletic grace and replaced it with competitive cheerleading's snap and speed,' I complained.Back then, I was bewildered by the change. Now, after reading journalist Dvora Meyers' meticulous and surprising book, 'The End of the Perfect 10: The Making and Breaking of Gymnastics' Top Score — from Nadia to Now,' it's obvious how it happened.I grew up watching women's gymnastics when post-Nadia Comaneci gymnasts were still working toward a 'perfect' routine that was, in part, scored on the elegance, style and beauty of the", www.heraldtribune.com
"Viktor Lebedev, a two-time freestyle world champion, had been excluded under an International Olympic Committee rule barring Russians who had previously been banned for doping. Russian chef de mission Igor Kazikov tells state news agencies that Lebedev was cleared by the IOC after that rule was struck down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The announcement continues a turbulent summer for Lebedev, who had originally refused to go to the Olympics as 'a matter of honor' after being embarrassed by what he called biased refereeing in his favor at a Russian qualifying tournament. France's Marie-Florence Candassamy has pulled off a stunning upset in fencing, knocking top-ranked Anqi Xu of China out of the women's epee tournament in the round of 32. Trevor Graham, the track coach who was banned from the sport for life for his role in the BALCO doping scandal, used the lead-up to the Olympics to offer scathing criticism of the worldwide anti-doping movement.", www.timesunion.com
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